EVIDENCE: 03.04 > 07.07.2014
Going to Berlin, I was lucky to visit the new incredible exhibition of Ai Weiwei. Despite the incredible hostility shown him in his own country Ai Weiwei decided to put on his largest one-man exhibition in Berlin. The artist presents on more than 3000 m2 his new works, especially made for the Martin Gropius, and other works not yet presented in Germany.
Ai Weiwei present us a political exhibition called "Evidence" (an English word usually used in American TV crime series) in order to denounce the contested Chinese internal affairs.
Ai Weiwei (b.1957) is a Chinese conceptual artist active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. "As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese governement's stance on democracy and human rights". In 2011, he was held for 81 days without any official charges against him.
"Modernism is the original creation of enlightened human beings, it is the ultimate observation of the meaning of existence and the misery of reality; it keeps a wary eye on society and power; it never makes compromises and never cooperates". (Ai Weiwei, 1997)
I really recommend to take the audioguides for this exhibition.
In the main central hall of Martin Gropius Bau, Ai Weiwei occupies the space with thousands of wooden chairs, a symbol of the Chinese culture for centuries. The stools represent a piece of individuality, comparing them with mass-manufactured plastic stools. These stools, according to Ai Weiwei, are an expression of the centuries-old aesthetic of rural China.
This installation reminds us the terrible earthquake in Sichuan where more than 80 000 people died. Ai Weiwei points the mismanagement and corruption which aggravated the disaster. The forge was collected by Ai Weiwei team in Sichuan.
Ai Weiwei - "Evidence"
03.04 > 07.07.2014
Martin Gropius Bau
WED to MON 10:00 to 19:00
From 20 May: Daily 10:00–20:00
Single tickets € 11 / reduced rate € 8
Groups (5 persons or more) p. p. € 8
Admission free up to age 16